unnamed (1) unnamedEternal Sukkah
A structure from the Jahalin Bedouin community on the Jerusalem-Jericho Road is purchased, dismantled, and reassembled in the Hansen House garden
Participating artists:Sala-Manca Group, Itamar Mendes-Flohr, Yishaiau Rabinowitz, Ktura Manor, Chen Cohen, Hagar Goren, Nir Yahalom,
In the lead-up to the 2014 Sukkot holiday, the Sala-Manca Group, directors of the Mamuta Art and Media Center at Hansen House, decided to create a public sukkah on the Hansen grounds, a temporary dwelling for its activities during the holiday. Rather than construct an extravagant or innovatively designed sukkah, Sala-Manca and Mamuta’s artists in residence chose to delve into the sukkah’s charged meaning in the Israeli context and to highlight the temporary nature of the structure and its associations with exile – thus evoking associations not only with Jewish history but also with the modern Israeli context, and proposing a contemporary reading of the sukkah, both as a concrete object and as a symbol.
A structure from the Jahalin Bedouin community on the Jerusalem-Jericho Road is purchased, dismantled, and reassembled in the Hansen House garden
Participating artists: Sala-Manca Group,Yishaiau Rabinowitz, Itamar Mendes-Flohr, Hagar Goren, Ktura Manor, Chen Cohen, Nir Yahalom,
As part of the Mamuta’s Underground Academy (as its residency program is called), the artists in residence went on an ethnographic expedition into the Judean Desert outside of Jerusalem (the area of the Jerusalem-Jericho Road) to meet members of the Jahalin Bedouin tribe, who live a life of exile to this day. The Jahalin first became refugees in 1949 when they were expelled from their lands in the Negev desert. They migrated to the region of the Judean Desert, where transience continues to be a part of their daily lives. The artists met members of one of the families and listened to their stories. They then proposed to purchase a structure from them, with the idea of dismantling it and reassembling it in the garden of the Hansen House and thus transplanting a piece of one reality within another one.
Not only is the sukkah structure itself transplanted to the center of Jerusalem, but with it a different story of exile and desert-dwelling. The adopted sukkah proposes a re – reading of Jewish history, an observation of the state of exile, a search for a new ethnic-national-social space, a pursuit of freedom, and an exposure to the diversity of Israeli reality and the paradoxes of history. Activities related to these subjects will be held throughout the holiday. (more details to come).

Tuesday 7.10.14 at 19:30 Inauguration of the Sukkah: “Wandering in the Desert” – Politics of Place from the Sinai Desert to the Judean Desert: Round-table discussion in the tabernacle
Participants: Alon Cohen Lifshitz, Abu Suleiman al-Kurajan, Rabbi Jeremy Milgrom, Sala Manca, and Mamuta artists in residence.

Friday, 10.10.14 Public housing in the Sukkah

11:30 Panel disscussion with Yael Padan, Niv Hachlili, Sala-Manca and the Mamuta artists

13:00 Picnic

14:00 Playing the Sukka with Eran Sacks, Tomer Damsky and Yaniv Schonfeld

Calls & Opportunities


Wednesday 3.9 20:30

Rain Forests in Jerusalem or How to Deal with a System

5 music performances

Ido Bukelman - Banjo and Acoustic Guitar
Amir Bolzman - Trumpet and Computer
Lars Sargel - No Input Mixer
Faye Shapiro - Voice
Amir Meir and Gideon Levy - Light Syntethiser

Free Entrance

Sunday 7.9 19:30 - Galina’s Choice

Galina, is finishing her intership at Mamuta. She will screen one of her beloved films (one hour long) and after that we’ll meet for a farewell dinner at the garden. Entrance Free, just please bring something to share (food or drinks)


Sunday, 18.8, at 20:30

Screening: The Annual Video Art and Experimental Film Competition (Intersections at the Jerusalem Film Festival)
Featuring videos by: Ariela Plotkin, Nadav Bin Nun, Samantha Adler de Olivera, Shahar Marcus, Ruti Sela, Dana Gillerman, Mili Pecherer, Sharon Paz, Sally Krystal

Wednesday, 20.8, at 20:30

Screening: Chantal Akerman, De la mer (e) au desert

Screening of Chantal Akerman new film which is shown in its “beta” version for the first time. The film was shot in May 2014 in the south of Israel, in the desert and Arad. A wonderful opportunity to see a new piece by this great and worldwide acclaimed film director. The exhibition will be open as well.

The Competition and Chantal Akerman’s exhibition De La mere Au Desert, with the generous support of the Ostrovsky Family Fund


Calls & Opportunities

please see Hebrew to see the Call.



Calls & Opportunities


Jerusalem, Hansen Compound, June 19, 2014 at 18:30

Refreshments and a tour of Hansen House will be offered starting at 17:30

Exhausted Geographies are those that cannot sustain the claims they have been mobilized for – territorial, national, regional, ethnic, cultural, economic, and ideological. In particular I am interested in how a geography in crisis, whether political, economic or climactic — can or cannot sustain and its identity. And so I have been thinking of exhaustion in relation to political conflict, not a mode of opting out and withdrawing, but as one of recognizing the limits of a logic that has dominated that conflict for most of its duration. When ‘place’ has been exceedingly mobilized for claims of belonging and legitimacy, it can turn to exhaustion rather than to negation. I suspect that this exhaustion takes the form of an act of treason, in Deleuze’s sense of treachery, a refusal to support and sustain that which demands it of you, because it claims to support and sustain you. For in the realm of living out long term political conflict, treason and exhaustion are not unrelated to one another. The exhausted geographies of which I speak are the material manifestations of what I am trying to describe: territorialities and territorial claims that cannot sustain themselves.

Irit Rogoff is a writer, curator, and organizer working at the intersection of contemporary art, critical theory, and emergent political manifestations. She is Professor of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, London University where she heads the PhD in Curatorial/Knowledge program, the MA in Global Arts program and the new Geo-Cultures Research Center. Rogoff has written extensively on geography, globalization, and contemporary participatory practices in the expanded field of art. A collection of recent essays, Unbounded—Limits’ Possibilities, is published in 2014 with e-flux journal/ Sternberg and her new book, Looking Away—Participating Singularities, Ontological Communities is forthcoming. Rogoff is also co-founder of freethought, a loose collaborative platform for research, pedagogy, and production based in London, where she lives and works

פוסטר להרצאה ב – 19 ביוני


“For me, the whole piece is like throwing a stone into the river and then creating ripples and ripples and ripples

and ripples…” (Chantal Akerman)

chantal akerman


In these bad days, when so many innocent people at both sides are suffering and intolerance and violence are reaching new records, Mamuta stands along with all those who work in order to bring justice and tolerance and better times.

On Tuesday 15/7 19:00 internationally acclaimed cinematographer and artist Chantal Akerman will open a new exhibition at Mamuta Art and Media Center at Hansen House, in collab

oration with the Screen Based Department – Bezalel Art Academy and in the frame of Intersections – Jerusalem Film Festival.
Please Join Us
Free Entrance. Reading – Performance at 19:45

The installation De la mèr(e) au désert, created for Mamuta, is Akerman’s portrait of a desert city in Israel. In this work as well as in Akerman’s oeuvre, memory and observation are often overlaid, as well as the personal and the public, the autobiographical and the testimonial, life and death.
The exhibition is held with the support of the Ostrovsky Family Fund.

Chantal Akerman (born in Brussels, 1950; living and working in Paris) has been a leading figure in experimental cinema since the 1970s.
Since the early 90s she has used video and installation in her exploration of film form. Akerman’s most recent retrospective, Too Far, Too Close, was presented at MUHKA, Antwerp in 2012. Akerman’s work has also been included in such significant group exhibitions as the 2010 Sao Paulo Biennial, 2002 Documenta XI, Kassel, Germany, and the 2001 Venice Bienniale, as well as numerous international film festivals.

Curators: Sharon Balaban & Sala-manca


*Heara is a collection of testimonies, reflections, interpretations and documentations of Heara events, as well as images from issues of Hearat Shulaym (Note in the Margin), an independent contemporary art and literature journal published together and as an inherent part of the events. The book includes articles published in Hearat Shulaym and additional articles written especially for the book by Israeli artists and scholars, as well as artworks which were part of the Heara art project. The art events and journal were active in divided, grief-stricken Jerusalem of the Second Intifada, outside conventional art venues and without any cooperation or funding by the government or private corporations. Nevertheless, the events managed to form fascinating connections between artists operating in different media ־ visual art, theater, poetry, video and sounds, and created a platform of growth and articulation for hundreds of artists, producing exciting, unpredictable, inspiring and thought-provoking pieces.


we offer out book: *Heara Independent Art in Jerusalem at the Beginning of the 21st Century for 100 nis